Barry M Mani Mask

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My nails tear and bend really easily so even the most hard wearing of nail polishes flake off after a few days.

Mani Mask promises to strengthen and condition damaged nails and conceal with a semi matt finish.

This dried incredibly quickly to a silk matt finish and made my nails stonger immediately. It also evened out the white tips of my nails which can become transparent in places. As nail supplements don’t work very well due to my illnesses, I’m really looking forward to getting my nails healthier by using this instead.

The end result looks like my natural nails but better.

……It’s the end of day two now and not a single chip, virtually unheard of with my nails!

Rating❤❤❤❤❤

Chrissie

Book Review – How Not To Disappear by Clare Furniss

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Hattie looks like she is set to have a miserable summer as her family are on holiday, her best friend Kat is at uni in Edinburgh and her friend with benefits (if you can call them that) Reuben has disappeared to Europe. When Hattie realises she is pregnant all she wants to do is run away from the idea so when her long lost Great-Aunt Gloria suggests a road trip she decides to go, even though Gloria is in the early stages of dementia and loves a Gin Sling or two, or three….

I have to admit this novel took a long time to grab my attention. Between Hattie’s constantly meandering thoughts and Gloria’s hostility I was beginning to loose patience with it. I was a third of the way through and the road trip hadn’t even started yet. However, when it did I found it hard to put it down.

Gloria doesn’t just want to reminisce, she wants to tell a very specific story about her (and Hattie’s) family but she will only reveal the details in order and when she thinks it is the right time. This creates a lot of suspense and unexpected twists. What is revealed is a story of love, fear, friendship, humour and compromise in the past and the present.

The novel is a lot deeper than I first realised and touches on every emotion a person will experience throughout life. To reveal certain topics would be to spoil the book but over all it is a story about peoples decisions and relationships with each other and one’s own relationship with their mind. If your thoughts and memories were to cease to exists then would you also disappear?

Chrissie

Awesome Ankle Boots for A/W 2016

A/W Boots 2016

 

Statement, basic or totally batty!

Eden’s Semilla Hyaluronic Acid Serum & Vitamin C Serum

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 Eden’s Semilla are the producers of effective natural skincare in the form of oils and serums. Their products are organic, cruelty free and excellent value for money.

Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Active ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Retinol, Aloe Vera, and Shea Extract.

I applied this to my face when my skin was paper dry and within 30 minutes my skin felt more moisturised so I didn’t need an extra moisturiser. The product carried on drawing moisture into my skin throughout the day and the oil levels in my skin were kept balanced. I have a lot of old acne scarring which has created an orange peel texture on my cheeks and they looked plumper and therefor smoother. I’m very impressed with this product!

Vitamin C Serum

Active ingredients: Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol, Vitamin E, Ferulic Acid, Rosehip and Jojoba oil.

I’ve only been using this for four days so I’m not sure of the effect long term use would have. I have noticed that my skin feels moisturised and doesn’t need any additional moisturiser and it has a youthful radiance to it (which it usually never has) and looks a little plumper. I was told by a friend that I looked really well and they asked if I’d changed my base (foundation, BB cream ect.) but I was barefaced without any makeup. I don’t always have the confidence to do this (even when I’m not blotchy) but now I have.

Note

Retinol can make skin sensitive to sunlight so I do not recommend using these two products together and use sparingly on very sunny days along with your usual sunscreen.

Chrissie

My Idea of a Hygge Interior

Hygge pronounced ‘Hoo-ga’ by the Danish
Hygge Interior
Meaning: cozy, intimate, luxurious, indulgent and fun

My Customised Nike ID Trainers

I’ve wanted to design my own trainers and have them made for years so when I had a really specific idea I gave it a try.

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I realised that you can’t just choose any colour or finish and that you only have certain colour options with certain styles of shoe. I picked these as they had the iridescent option of course! I’ve always loved the colour Cyan so I decided to make a third of the parts Cyan coloured and two thirds bright and shiny.

They only took two weeks to arrive andI was updated by email with each step.

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You get to print something on the back so I named my design ‘WENCH’ lol

The Nike Air soles really are like walking on air but you don’t need any skill or strength to balance (unlike Sketchers memory foam). The only criticism I have is that this style is like a thick sock within a frame with the laces being barley functional unless you want your shoes (even) tighter. Unless you have skinny ankles (which I’ve been lucky to get away with this summer for once) you are going to struggle to get these on!

Big thanks goes to the Bloke who was a great sounding board when it came to shoelace colour.

Chrissie

Dinner at the Metropolitan – Didsbury

On Friday we decided to go for a drink and then for a meal. We visited The Metropolitan as they have a chilled atmosphere in the pub and a nice restaurant offering several interesting and well considered veggie options.

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I wish I’d have known how nice the outside area was before now, as we’d have visited regularly over the Summer with cocktails from the incredibly well stocked bar. As you can see, I was eyeing up the cakes from the moment we sat down in the restaurant lol

Starters

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Goats cheese and chive hash brown with apple puree and mixed leaves. This was absolutely lovely. The apple puree really complimented the goats cheese and was a nice twist.

Mains

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Asparagus tagliatelle, asparagus spears, Gran Moravia cheese, white wine & asparagus sauce. I very rarely see a mains with a white sauce as a veggie option so I was really looking forward to this, so much that I started eating it before remembering to take a piccy – oops! The sauce was delicate and well balanced and the asparagus was al dente just the way it should be. The only addition I would have added were pine nuts possibly. 

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I love skin-on sweet potato fries so ordered them as a side. The portion size of my mains and the side were so generous, I had to ask for a doggy bag for half of the fries!

Desert

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Lemon posset with lemon shortbread biscuits. This was delicious! Imagine the thickest, creamiest, smoothest cheesecake you’ve ever had. The biscuits were crunchy and buttery. I’ve tried a lemon posset and biscuits before at Greens restaurant and this was as amazing as that.

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The bloke ordered the same starter and desert as myself but chose sticky toffee pudding, toffee sauce and ice cream. He said it was perfectly cooked on the outside and slightly gooey in the middle and really complimented by the sauce and fresh berries.

The only negative aspect of the night was that every time I ordered a cocktail I had to wait ages for it to arrive and flag someone down to inquire about it. I ordered one straight after my starter and had finished my main dish by the time it had arrived! Oddly, later as I went to the bar I got served instantly and was asked by two more people if I was being served. Maybe best to go to the restaurant on a weekday instead!

Chrissie

 

Graphic Print Sweatshirts

Graphic Print Sweatshirts
Chrissie

NYR Geranium & Orange Body Lotion

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As you can see I got his free with this months (October) In Style mag and was so pleased as NYR are one of my fave beauty brands for their cruelty free, fair trade and organic ethics.

This is a very unusual product and creates a velvet finish more like a face primer. I think this is perfect for the heat wave we are having at the moment because it doesn’t make skin tacky and sinks in immediately to a dry finish, while still moisturising skin with a combination of olive and pumpkin seed oil, aloe vera and essential oils. This makes moisturing and immediately pulling on skinny jeans so much easier!

Chrissie

5 Aids Which Really Help with Dyspraxia and other Disabilties

 

Jar Opener

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Or as the Bloke likes to call it ‘the openzy shifter’ lol This is so easy to use with a little wheel which winds in the rubber band until it’s tight around the jar and then you angle the handle to lock it and only need the slightest turn – ta da! Similar here.

Reinforced iPad Case by STM

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The entire edge of this case is surrounded by chunky rubbery plastic meaning my iPad is protected if I drop it and so much easier to grip. I actually hate the person who came up with polished aluminium finishes! It has a cover which folds into a stand position, making it easier to type or watch and a clear back so you can still read your engraving. It’s also fairly water resistant and fastens with an easy open magnetic grip. Buy it here.

Shower Chair

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This can completely fold up so it’s out of the way for other people but when unfolded it’s very sturdy and safe. The arms can be folded up if they get in your way while sitting on it. Because I have so much hair, even on a quick day it takes me about 25 minutes which used to really make my back ache. Not to mention the whole spacial awareness probs causing me to bounce of the walls and door and worrying about slipping and knocking myself out. Similar here.

Opener

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This gadget is genius! It opens the lids on plastic bottles, beer bottles and you can slide the ring pull of a drinks can into a groove and use it for leverage instead of breaking your fingernails. It also has a hook to open peel back food tins. Similar here.

Wrist Support

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A lot of people who have Dyspraxia also have hyper-mobile joints (which bend/stretch too much) and get fatigued easily (not surprising seeing as we use up more energy trying so hard to do ‘simple’ things) but this Boots wrist support really helps. It was recommended to me  by a waitress with Hypermobilty who carries a tray all day. Can’t get a better recommendation than that! If you are having trouble with the fit, go to Decathlon who will measure and fit you with one of their supports.

Do you have any suggestions?

Chrissie